Every few months I review a new emo CD … and every few months I go through a new break-up. While I’m pretty sure my break-ups are much more frequent than emo releases, it’s always nice when the two events coincide.

With stupendous song titles such as “I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About” and “Champagne’s For Celebrating (I’ll Have A Martini),” the Tallahassee, Fla. band is certainly not lacking creativity. What they ironically seem to be lacking however, is sadness.

While standout songs such as “Miserable At Best” and “Take This To Heart” are relatable and enjoyable, they really don’t convey the pure anguish of Matchbook Romance or the witty lyrics of A Heartwell Ending. In fact, Mayday Parade almost sounds as though they are trying to win their girl back, rather than describe the misery of the typical emo mourning period.

Who knows, maybe A Lesson In Romantics offers hope to those wishing to rekindle the flame with their ex’s. Not for me though, so I guess I’d better dig out the latest release from Lake Oswego, Ore.’s Kill Your Ex and get on with my life.

Grade: B

A Lesson in Romantics is currently available.